March 15, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - Starter James Lomangino went 7.0 innings in a 5-3 game one victory before the offense used a 15-hit attack to notch a 9-3 win in game two as St. John's swept a doubleheader against Holy Cross.
Robert Wayman combined to go 3-for-9 with four RBI to help lead St. John's (7-10), while Zach Lauricella went 2-for-6 with a double, a triple, three RBI and three walks. Matt Harris highlighted his day with a three-run home run and Bret Dennis went 3-for-3 in a game two start. Lomangino (1-3) earned his first win of the season after striking out four and allowing three runs, two earned, in game one, while Ryan McCormick (2-1) allowed two runs in 5.1 innings of work for the game two win. Holy Cross (3-11) was led by Jack St. Clair, who went 5-for-7 with three doubles and three runs scored.
McCormick allowed a leadoff double in the first inning of game two, but worked out of the jam to keep Holy Cross off the board through four innings before the visitors went up 1-0 in the fifth on a Nick Lovullo RBI groundout.
St. John's answered right back with a three-run fifth as Dennis set the table with a leadoff single before Troy Dixon walked to chase starter Phil Reese. Following a fielder's choice, Lauricella connected for a two-run triple off the wall in center field. Wayman added an RBI single through the left side of a drawn-in infield and the Red Storm led 3-1.
Holy Cross chased McCormick and got a run back in the sixth inning. It was a one-out single that sent St. John's to the bullpen as Joey Christopher entered and was greeted with a double to give the Crusaders runners on second and third. Anthony Critelli then reached on an error as the runner scored from third to make it 3-2 before a groundout ended the inning.
The Red Storm then opened up the game and took an 8-2 lead with a five-run sixth frame. The rally started with one out as Dennis singled to left before Dixon singled up the middle and Alex Caruso walked to load the bases. Wayman followed with a two-out, two-run single into right center before Harris launched a three-run home run over the visitor's bullpen in right field.
A leadoff double by Joe Burns set the table for another run in the seventh. Dennis followed with his third single of the day before Dixon was plunked to load the bases with no outs. A double play ball chased home pinch runner Ty Blankmeyer as the Red Storm took a 9-2 lead.
The Crusaders added a run in the eighth on an RBI fielder's choice for the final 9-3 margin.
In game one, St. John's used a two-out rally to take the lead in the second inning. After the first two batters had been retired, Tyler Sanchez extended the inning with a single into left. Burns then reached on an error before Caruso walked to load the bases. Lauricella then walked to force in a run as St. John's took a 1-0 lead.
Lomangino, meanwhile, kept the Crusaders off the board until a two-out rally in the fourth. After St. Clair kept the inning alive with a two-out double, Connor Perry tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI double.
The Red Storm retook the lead with a run in the fifth as Wayman set the table with a leadoff single. A groundout moved Wayman to second before Michael Donadio grounded an RBI single through the right side to make it a 2-1 ballgame.
Holy Cross then scored two runs in the sixth, one on a wild pitch and one on a sacrifice fly, to take a 3-2 lead.
St. John's had an answer again and retook the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Sanchez got things started with a leadoff single advancing to second on a balk and moving to third on a groundout. Caruso then reached on a fielder's choice as Holy Cross went home and Sanchez was caught in a rundown. Caruso advanced all the way to third as the rundown continued and Sanchez eventually scored as the ball was dropped just in front of the plate. Lauricella was then plunked before Wayman laid down an RBI safety squeeze and reached on a fielder's choice as the throw home was not in time. Harris was then plunked to load the bases before Jarred Mederos was also plunked to force in a run as the Red Storm went up 5-3.
St. John's concludes its series against Holy Cross with a 1 p.m. game on March 16.